"Every Day" Is a Book You'll Want to Read Every Day For the Rest of Your LifeChrissa Hardy

Speechless. This is how I feel several times throughout this story and how I feel once it ends. I don’t want it to be over. No other story has ever hit me this hard. I know I will experience moments of joy and despair in the days to come just thinking about this book.

You could win a free copy and ride this emotional roller coaster right along with me by entering our giveaway below!

Every Day by David Levithan is the story of a person named “A”, who wakes up in a different body every day of his/her life. As far back as A can remember, this has happened. It always happens with someone of the same age, and in the same general area. Currently, A is going from body to body around Maryland. This character has no gender. A wakes up as a woman about as often as he wakes up as a man. Which makes it even more fascinating when it turns into a compelling love story.

The story begins with A waking up in the body of a guy named Justin. A immediately recognizes that Justin isn’t a good guy. But that doesn’t really matter. While the scenery changes for A, the goal is to keep the lives of the bodies he/she inhabits the same. Undisturbed. A can access memories of these people, but the emotions and thoughts belong to him/her while there. Justin goes to school that morning just like any other day. He is greeted by his girlfriend, Rhiannon, at his locker. A is instantly enchanted by her, but based on Justin’s memories, it’s clear that he is not enchanted by her. Not anymore. They’ve been together for over a year, but Justin takes her for granted and is just going through the motions.

A’s priorities shift from being a quiet, respectful guest to these bodies, to doing whatever it takes to be near Rhiannon. Their love story, so complex, so beautiful, leaves you with a burning question.

Can you truly love someone regardless of their physical appearance?

This is what Rhiannon must figure out, as she gets to know A in all of the faces he shows up in.

Here are four more reasons this book will leave you breathless.

1. The plot sounds crazy at first, but it works. Not even for a moment was I questioning if this could really happen. It felt real. I felt A’s pain when Rhiannon had trouble seeing past the female or overweight male body he/she was in for the day to the real person inside. I felt the magic when she did see the real A, and they could experience all the things that go along with first loves.

2. A knows how to love selflessly, completely, no matter the circumstances. Everything about A makes you want to be better in your own life.

3. A never doubts the person he/she is. The self love that A exhibits is incredible. Especially for a sixteen-year-old. A knows right from wrong, and wants every life marked by his/her stay to be better than it was before. A has the ability to love selflessly because A loves the person he/she is.

4. Here’s an excerpt from the day A spent as Hugo, when Hugo and Hugo’s boyfriend attend a gay pride parade:

“In my experience, desire is desire, love is love. I have never fallen in love with a gender. I have fallen for individuals. I know it’s hard for people to do, but I don’t understand why it’s so hard, when it’s so obvious.”

Giveaway Deets:

In the comments below, answer this: If you could live like A, in someone else’s body for the day, who would you choose?

We have five copies of this book to give away!

*Only entries from residents of US will be considered.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001879514269 Shelby Powell

    If I could live like A, in someone else’s body for a day, I’m not sure who I’d choose. Part of me wants to choose someone for incredibly shallow reasons like Naya Rivera or Kate Upton. To feel that incredibly confident in my own skin would be liberating, I think. Also, the ability to wear the high fashion clothes I see in magazines would be amazing. But it would also show me that even the world’s most beautiful women still have problems and difficulties.

    If I wanted to pick someone for less shallow reasons, I would want to be someone like Hillary Clinton for a day. Mrs. Clinton is in a place to make changes in the world. Sometimes I feel so powerless to change the problems I see in the world so I think that being her for a day would maybe show me where to start. Or I might learn that, no matter how easy I think someone else has it, we all struggle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004830214962 Makkie Haller

    That’s a pretty hard question! But I would go with Ava DuVernay since I am a aspiring celebrity publicists she is one of the best in the business. She is also a fantastic director and screen writer!
    P.S. This book looks awesome! I will definitely read it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1543785277 Sara Steffan

    I honestly would want to live as my mom for a day, given the opportunity. I always wonder about her life before I was born, how it was changed after I was born, her perspective on life today, and how she copes with the many challenges she faces daily having a chronic illness. I think it would give me tremendous insight into our relationship and affect both of us in many ways, but hopefully make me more compassionate, understanding and patient, and appreciate her influence in my life even more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1428636776 Stacia Ellermeier

    So initially I was going to say Audrey Hepburn or Stephen King. I idolize both for, obviously, different reasons. But the more I think about it, I think I would want to wake up as my grandmother back when she was in her 30s. I would have loved to see the world back then and my dad as a kid. He’s special everyday of my life but she molded him to be awesome and I would just love to see their world, for just one day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350990142 Robyn Macy

    Joni Mitchell. I can’t sing and would probably wet myself if I had to do it in front of a crowed so to have a day where I could be able to play guitar and serenade and audience would be unreal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627585429 Corrie Hedberg Angell

    I would choose my husband, as weird as that sounds. I think it would help me understand him better, and maybe I’d be able to figure out where he’s coming from with some of the crazy things he says. It would probably save a lot of misunderstandings in the future.

    But then who would run MY body for the day?? That’s a scary thought….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045592886 Nicole Buergers

    No question, I would be Jeffery, the Barefoot Contessa’s husband. And I would eat everything she made me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=793173344 Natasha Hernandez

    I would like to wake up in the body of my 12 year old daughter. We have such a dynamic, head-butting relationship. I think that some insight to how she thinks and feels on a regular day of her life would prove invaluable in understanding who she is and how I can improve our relationship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17701755 Cara Hutchison

    I think it would be fascinating to spend a day as a professional athlete. My body is out of shape, so to live for a day in a really athletic, strong body would be kind of crazy, just to see what is possible! I’m not sure who I would pick, exactly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504409549 Stephanie Amadeus

    This is like that web short with Topher Grace and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, The Beauty Inside!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=770125482 Miranda Wang

    I would want to live in Zooey Deschanel’s body for a day. I would stare at myself in the mirror and marvel at how cute I am and try on so many clothes. Hahaha. And it would be really cool to see what her life is like, off the screen. :) As well as see how it is to be in the movie/show business.
    This book looks awesome! Such a unique plot. Fingers crossed for this giveaway <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1185666397 Megan Winkler

    I would live one day of my great-grandfather’s life. He was a self-made man who knew everyone. He was quite a character. He would take my grandmother as a little girl, all dressed up for church, to the pool hall on Sundays, where he was a successful pool shark. He started his day with a shot of whiskey, but was never a heavy drinker, and walked the streets of his neighborhood with his hunting dogs up until he was hospitalized in his late 90s. This is the man who tinkered with watches every day, said no to being in business with a couple of brothers who started what is now a nationwide jewelry chain, and successfully won a standoff between two young men who were trying to carjack him, thinking the 80-year-old man would be an easy target. I knew him when he was an old man, but I’d love to see what those pool sharking days were like!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1571816899 Melissa Minutaglio

    I’d love to spend a day as Ryan Gosling! I have always wondered what it’s like to be a guy & he’s the first one that comes to mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1193067221 Cynthia De La Fuente

    I would live in my mothers body, I would get her point of view on why she puts up with certain people…I would get to see what they tell her, and hear the things that don’t get filtered by the time they reach me.. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right, it would be interesting to find out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=210601330 Tiffany Reynolds

    I would love to be someone physically attractive for at least a day, but I feel I would rather experience something a little more fascinating. There are many people in history that I would love to live a day through, although I feel that the first person that came to mind that is still alive is Stephen Hawking. It would be scary to have ALS and have limited communication, although this would allow me to appreciate my mobility more when I come back to my body the next day. I would want to experience how he thinks, and how he sees things. He seems to be a very smart man, and I would like to experience how a genius thinks for one day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712592597 Megan Prescott

    Ira Glass. Talk about a man who lives and breathes stories. It would be awesome to be in the pitch room for This American Life as they craft and mold stories from what seems like the ordinary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645481555 Nicole Bower Dykes

    If I could live like A for a day I would live in the body of my 10 year old son Brody. He has high functioning autism, and every day is a struggle for him. I would give anything to be able to understand what every day life is like for him, and how to communicate with him better and make his life easier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001520894794 Julia Harris

    I would want to live as my father for a day. I always wonder about his life when he was a young man, what he went through in the war, and how those experiences changed his life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000747338171 Megan Hardison

    This might sound silly, but if I could be anyone for a day, I would choose Oprah Winfrey. She spends her days spreading happiness, encouraging people to be the best versions of themselves and helping those in need. I think no matter how good of a person you think you are, every one can learn something from Oprah on how to spread kindness and happiness. Plus, it would be a great plot twist if she is secretly evil muahahhaa

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682082746 Nikara Greif

    I think I’d like to live in my sister’s body for a day. First, I’d be able to spend the day with my niece, which is always a great time. But more importantly, I would be able to look into her and see why she puts up with some things in her life, and maybe be able to express to others some of the things I know she is too nice to say.
    I have more of a controlling personality, where my sister has more of a pleasing others kind of personality. And I know that there are some areas where she wishes that she could more easily stand up for herself, and I always want to do anything I can to help.

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